Holders of the German passport can travel visa-free or have visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations around the world/ Photo: Femi Awoniyi

World’s most powerful passports in 2022

The 2022 Q2 Henley index of most powerful passports in the world is out.

The Henley Passport Index ranks 199 passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.

Leading the global ranking are Japan and Singapore’s passports, which have once again ranked first as the most powerful passports in the world, allowing their holders to enter 192 countries without a visa or receive their visa on arrival.

Germany and South Korea hold joint-second place. Holders of the two passports are eligible to travel to 190 destinations without a visa.

Meanwhile, Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Spain tie for third place, with a visa-free score of 189.

The UK has moved up one place to number five, sitting alongside France, as well as Ireland and Portugal, with a score of 117.

The United States stays at number six, with a score of 186, sharing the position with Belgium, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland.

There’s no change at number seven, with Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece and Malta staying together again, with a score of 185.

Afghan nationals sit at the bottom of the index once again, and can access just 26 countries without requiring a visa in advance.

The Henley Passport Index, based on exclusive data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has been regularly ranking the world’s most travel-friendly passports since 2006.

Adira Kallo

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